Published: Sun, August 25, 2019

Bernie Sanders unveils $16 trillion Green New Deal plan

Bernie Sanders unveils $16 trillion Green New Deal plan

Jack Shapiro, senior climate campaigner with Greenpeace USA, said, "If fossil fuel executives and lobbyists reading Sanders' plan are scared, they should be". It also calls for investing $300 billion in public transit.

Sanders visited Paradise and Chico early Thursday, laying out a proposal to combat climate change while speaking in the area devastated by the Camp Fire previous year.

The Sanders plan channels the rhetoric of the climate movement, calling for a World War II-style mobilization to halt and reverse the effects of global warming over a decade. He says the Green New Deal is an "opportunity to uproot historical injustices and inequities to advance social, racial and economic justice".

By making a strong showing in those states - Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, South Carolina and California - they believe Sanders can establish himself as the dominant candidate in the crowded Democratic field by early March.

The senator's plan, the Times notes, is more expensive than that of any other candidate in the race; for comparison, former Vice President Joe Biden has released a climate change plan that calls for spending $1.7 trillion over 10 years.

True to his campaign style, Senator Bernie Sanders unflinchingly targeted the fossil fuel industry Thursday in unveiling an extensive $16.3 trillion climate plan that sets some of the most ambitious deadlines proposed yet by a presidential candidate for lowering carbon emissions. Sanders says his proposal would "pay for itself" in 15 years and create 20 million jobs.

Sanders' plan would direct the Environmental Protection Agency to ensure the United States cuts its greenhouse gas emissions by 71 per cent from 2017 levels by 2030. "We do the best we can ... but I'm not going to sit here and tell you that we're not going to use fossil fuels".

Sanders in 2015 and 2016, during his first presidential campaign, memorably called climate change the foremost national security threat.

The plan also calls for helping workers in fossil fuel sectors by paying for five years of unemployment insurance, a wage guarantee, job training, and housing assistance, among other things. People across the country and the world are already experiencing the deadly consequences of our climate crisis, as extreme weather events like heat waves, wildfires, droughts, floods, and hurricanes upend entire communities, ecosystems, economies, and ways of life, as well as endanger millions of lives. "From the Oval Office to the streets, Bernie will generate the political will necessary for a wholesale transformation of our society, with support for frontline and vulnerable communities and massive investments in sustainable energy, energy efficiency, and a transformation of our transportation system", adds the statement.

While the plan will draw fire from opponents who accuse Sanders of launching a government-funded socialist takeover, the senator says it includes big benefits for small businesses.

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